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Adult Critical Care ECMO Fellowship to have first fellow begin in November

Thu, 10/17/2013

The Adult Critical Care Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Fellowship is a SIEP (Special Institutional Education Program) recognized by UPMC Graduate Medical Education as a component of the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program (MCCTP) within the Department of Critical Care Medicine.   The Adult Critical Care ECMO Fellowship here at the University of Pittsburgh will accept its first fellow in 2013.  The director for this new program is Dr. Penny Sappington, along with Associate Director Dr. Jason Moore.

In intensive care medicine, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an extracorporeal technique of temporarily providing both cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose heart and/or lungs are so severely diseased or damaged that they can no longer serve their function.  During this one year fellowship, trainees will develop the knowledge and technical skills to be able to properly utilize this resource and appropriately manage patients before, during, and after ECMO supportive therapy.

Trainees in the Critical Care Adult ECMO fellowship will spend the vast majority of their clinical time in the Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU). This ICU is the primary local site for all ECMO patients and also has a large regional catchment area.  Fellows may be asked to see patients who may need ECMO on any of the adult ICUs within Presbyterian and Montefiore University Hospitals (PUH/MUH), UPMC Mercy, or Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC.